Masters Mix Tape: THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

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Watch Trailer Director: Penelope Spheeris
Cast: Alice Bag Band, Alice Bag, Claude Bessey

“See it in a theater… where you can’t get hurt,” The Decline of Western Civilization provides a no-holds barred look at the underground punk scene in the late 70s/early 80s. After its midnight release in 1981, the LAPD Chief of Police wrote a letter to director Penelope Spheeris, (who went on to direct two sequels as well as the cult classic Wayne’s World), demanding that she never show the film in Los Angeles again. She did not obey his request.

Feat. Alice Bag Band • Black Flag • Circle Jerks • Catholic Discipline • Fear • Germs • X

BIG SCREEN. BIG SOUND. NOT ON NETFLIX.

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Running Time: 100 minutes100 MIN
R Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

A bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the LA punk scene, pic is pitched at a perfect distance to allow for simultaneous engagement in the music and spectacle, and for rueful contemplation of what it all might mean.

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